Information, Knowledge and Health Justice: Dean’s Lecture Series with Dr. Sridhar Venkatapuram
Event Start Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2022 - 12:00 pm
Event End Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2022 - 1:00 pm
Location: Virtual on Zoom
Dr. Sridhar Venkatapuram
King’s College London
The role of information and sound knowledge is central to not only protecting and improving one’s own health, but that of our families, communities, countries, and the world. During the past two and half years of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have all seen how information, and who has the right information for us to act upon, has been contested. But this is not a new story. In this talk I will speak about how health equity and justice is not just about access to healthcare, but the role of broader social conditions, including information that contribute to our understanding and abilities to have control our own bodies and behaviour. Free and accurate information, especially good science, also helps us think about what is the right target of our social policies about health and informs public deliberations about promoting health equity and justice.
Sridhar Venkatapuram is an academic-practitioner in global and public health ethics/justice. He is an Associate Professor in Global Health and Philosophy at King’s College London and Deputy Director of King’s Global Health Institute. Sridhar has been at the forefront of public/global health ethics for over 25 years starting in the early 1990s as the first researcher at Human Rights Watch to focus directly on health-related human rights violations (HIV/AIDS in India). Sridhar is known for helping establish the area of ‘health justice’ philosophy, for engaging with and advising public/global health practitioners, and for amplifying ethical reasoning in public/global health education, research, and practice.
He has been awarded numerous awards, research fellowships, and elected to prestigious professional organizations, commissions, and panels. Sridhar has worked with diverse health equity organizations such as Population Council, Open Society Foundations, Doctors of the World, Minorities Rights Group International, Wellcome Trust, and World Health Organization (HQ, MENA).
Since early 2020, he has been actively serving in various pandemic ethics advisory roles at the local and international levels. Sridhar also founded and chairs a panel of international political philosophers helping address the ethical dimensions of the global COVID-19 response (IRG-GHJ). He can be found at @sridhartweet.
He is currently serving as an ethics advisor for:
- WHO COVID-19 Clinical Management/Treatment Guideline Development Group
- WHO Ebola Infection Prevention Control Guideline Development Group
- NHS London Ethics Advisory Committee
- BMA Medical Ethics Committee
- Chair, International Resource Group for Global Health Justice (IRG-GHJ)